By the time we finish putting together this issue, we are already nearing the end of 2018. It also means that we are entering the period when people are starting to travel for the upcoming year-end and new year holidays – there is no better time for readers to pick up a copy of Gaya Travel Magazine or read it online via ISSUU and our official platforms, including Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for more enriching travel ideas.
For travellers who wish to discover more of Malaysia, do read our articles in this issue regarding our team’s first-hand experience in the greener parts of Selangor (page 50), Hulu Terengganu (page 58), Royal Belum in Perak (page 64), and Muar (page 86) – not forgetting the chance to explore parts of Terengganu by big bike (page 70) – which we find uplifting and able to stimulate travellers’ senses (and appetite).
As for destinations outside Malaysia, we invite you to read our take on northern Taiwan (page 74), Kunming in China (page 80), the islands off coast Jakarta called Kepulauan Seribu (page 92), Jungfrau Region of Switzerland (page 96), and Cambodia Travel Mart 2018 that was held in Phnom Penh (page 104).
On top of that, those who loves staying at hotels and resorts will be pleased to find out that in this issue, we also share our valuable experiences staying at reputable properties like Four Seasons Resort Bali at Jimbaran Bay (page 110), Berjaya Tioman Resort (page 114), Kota Kinabalu Marriott Hotel (page 118), Novotel Hua Hin Cha Am Beach Resort & Spa (page 122), Oakwood Suites La Maison Jakarta (page 125), and Four Points by Sheraton Bandung (page 128). All of these properties have their own charms and strengths that appeal to travellers of all types, so be sure to stay there soon.
Even after a whole year of travelling, our team still finds that there are so many places that we have yet to see and activities that we have yet to do. And we can’t wait for 2019, which happens to be the Visit Year for the Malaysian states of Melaka and Sarawak, both possessing their own charms and offering amazing travel experiences. Do watch our future issues as we will continue to bring you the said destinations, and more!
See you in the next issue. Safe travels!
JUHAN KAMARUDDIN @ JEREMY KHALIL
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Cover Illustration by Emila Yusof
Page 14. Editorial Jottings
GAYA SPECIAL FEATURE
Page 16. Malaysia to Attract More Tourists from Azerbaijan
Page 18. Malaysia Wins Four PATA Gold Awards 2018
Page 20. Road Tripping with Your Kids in Sabah
Page 21. Borneo Eco Film Festival 2018
Page 25. Self-Driving Around Scenic Jeju
Page 33. Sony RX100 Mark 3 – One for Travelling Shutterbugs
Page 34. Empowering Selangor as International Tourism Hub – The Right Honourable Tuan Amirudin bin Shari, YAB Dato’ Menteri Besar Selangor
Page 40. Enhancing Selangor’s Tourism Competitiveness – The Honourable Datuk Abdul Rashid Bin Asari, Executive Councillor For Tourism, Culture, Malay Customs And Heritage Selangor
Page 46. Marketing Selangor As A Top-Of-Mind Destination – Madam Noorul Ashikin Binti Mohd Din, General Manager Of Tourism Selangor
Page 50. #ETW7: The Regalement Of Selangor #ETW7 #DISCOVERSELANGOR #TAKEMEANYWHERE
Page 58. Journeying through Hulu Terengganu
Page 64. Answering ‘Dah Ke Belum?’
Page 70. From KL to Terengganu We Ride
Page 74. Exploring Taipei and Northern Taiwan 5D4N
Page 80. Blooming Kunming
Page 86. MUAR, The Royal Town of Johor
Page 92. Unwinding at Seribu Islands & Jakarta
Page 96. Jungfrau Region – High Alpine Wonderland
Page 104. Cambodia Travel Mart
HOTELS & RESORTS
Page 110. Four Seasons Bali at Jimbaran Bay – A Manifestation of the Real Meaning of Class
Page 114. Berjaya Tioman Resort, An Unforgettable Tropical Island Getaway
Page 118. Kota Kinabalu Marriott Hotel – KK’s Latest Bastion for those who Travel Brilliantly
Page 122. Of Sun-kissed Memory in Hua Hin
Page 125. Oakwood Suites La Maison Jakarta – A Discreetly Luxurious and Accessible Stay
Page 128. Four Points by Sheraton Bandung – International in Standard, Local in Sensibility
Page 132. Sean LJE